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New at SeaWorld: Park to open Sesame Street area, plus kid weekends

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 9:30 am

By Jennifer DiDomenico
A&E Editor

SeaWorld Orlando shared some exciting news last week, as construction is officially underway for the opening of a brand-new section of the theme park.

Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando will make its big debut in spring 2019.

“We are excited to transport our guests into the colorful and creative world of Sesame Street through immersive theming, character interactions and interactive play,” said SeaWorld Orlando President Jim Dean, in a press release. “Sesame Street at SeaWorld Orlando is an amazing addition to our park, providing more unique and memorable experiences for the entire family.”

Sesame Street at SeaWorld will invite guests to explore Sesame Street’s iconic neighborhood setting. You will be able to walk through Abby Cadabby’s garden, visit Mr. Hooper’s store, visit Big Bird’s nest, and even sit on the famous 123 stoop. (Talk about a great photo opportunity for the kids… Or parents.)

The neighborhood will feature interactive experiences, wet and dry play areas for summer and winter weather, plus exciting rides, all designed to entertain the whole family.

You won’t be alone in this fun, new area. Elmo and his friends will be there, too. Meet-and-greet opportunities will be featured throughout the section, with special appearances by Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird.

“In partnering with Sesame Workshop, we are creating a land for guests to make an authentic connection that can only be found in hugging a furry friend or reading a book with Big Bird,” said Experience Design Manager Amanda Trauger, in a press release.

But that’s not all. SeaWorld’s first ever parade is coming to the park, as the characters and parade dancers invite guests to party with them on Sesame Street daily.

According to the release, Sesame Street at SeaWorld will be located on the south end of the park, where Happy Harbor currently stands. More information
to come.

With an opening date just under a year away, we have some time before we can visit with Elmo and friends. In the meantime, there are a lot of other kid-friendly activities to check out at SeaWorld.

Right now, SeaWorld is hosting its “Just for Kids” weekends. Families are invited to experience SeaWorld through the eyes of a child. The events are filled with kid-centric fun, including tons of interactive surprises, dance parties, and places to play and learn.

The “Just for Kids” weekends series will close out its events with a performance by Shopkins Live! at SeaWorld’s Nautilus Theater this weekend, with varying performances May 12-13.

SeaWorld’s “Inside Look” weekends will continue through next weekend (May 19-20). This one-of-a-kind event allows park guests of all ages to learn more about the care SeaWorld provides to its animals.

“We are very excited about our new event, Inside Look, which provides our guests a peek into the day-to-day care our animal experts provide, as well as the life-saving operations of our Rescue Team,” Lori Cherry, Director of Public Relations for SeaWorld Orlando, told the News-Gazette. “Our hope is that guests will have fun, learn something new and walk away inspired to protect animals in the wild.”

The 11 Inside Look locations highlight SeaWorld’s mission to provide extraordinary care and help animals in need. To date, SeaWorld has rescued more than 31,600 animals— always with a goal of rehabilitating them and returning them to the wild.

Explorer’s Guides are available for pickup at the front of the park, upon guest arrival. Collect stamps in your guide to earn a SeaWorld Expert Explorer’s pin, at the SeaWorld Rescue store.

On event days, SeaWorld offers 20 percent off purchases at the SeaWorld Rescue store. Plus buy one, get one free offers on animal tours and interactions.

All of SeaWorld’s current events are included in general theme park admission. Visiting guests can purchase single-day tickets, or annual passes for unlimited admission throughout the year.

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